August 15, 2022
Apple said to plan faster clock, future temperature and glucose sensors


Apple is working on new Apple Watch models and health features, including performance and speed upgrades, an extreme sports version, and body temperature and blood sugar sensors.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year — with a model called the Apple Watch Series 7 — adding a faster processor, better wireless connectivity, and an updated screen, according to people with knowledge. . plans. Next year the company plans to update the main Apple Watch with a successor to the Apple Watch SE and a new version targeting extreme sports athletes.

Apple previously aimed to have a body temperature sensor in this year’s model, but it is now more likely to be included in the 2022 update. The blood-sugar sensor, which will help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for many more years.

For this year’s model, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technology that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new watch is likely to be a bit thick overall, but not in a way that is noticeable to the user.

The model will include updated ultra-wideband functionality, the same built-in technology as the Apple AirTag Item Finder. At its developer conference in early June, Apple previewed the upcoming watchOS 8 software update that will let the device unlock doors and hotel rooms.

The extreme sports model, described by some inside Apple as an “Explorer” or “Adventure” version, was in development for release earlier this year, but is now more likely to launch in 2022. That new model will help Apple compete with stronger offerings from players like Garmin and Casio.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. People said the company’s plans are fluid and can change.

LuxShare Precision Industry is the primary assembler for the main Apple Watch, while Hon Hai Precision Industry, or Foxconn, shares some of those orders, apart from a division of the Apple Watch SE with Comple Electronics Inc. of Taiwan.

Measuring body temperature became an essential part of COVID-19 detection, leading to a surge in demand for gadgets like the Withings Thermo. Some companies offer small digital thermometers that plug into the charging port of a smartphone. Adding functionality to its watch will help Apple match other smartwatches and fitness bands, including products from Alphabet-owned Fitbit.

Blood sugar monitoring has been in the works at Apple for a long time and will be a feature that has so far been unmatched by competitors. Apple and others currently rely on apps that let users manually input their glucose levels, while medical device companies like Dexcom offer blood sugar monitors that share data with the Apple Watch. Users usually need to prick their finger to draw blood for an accurate glucose test, but Apple is aiming for a non-invasive solution that can analyze blood through the skin.

Since going on sale in 2015, the Apple Watch has become an important part of Apple’s product portfolio. Along with the iPhone and iPad, it fills the company’s hardware ecosystem and helped Apple’s broader wearables, home and accessories category generate over $30 billion (about Rs 2,19,750 crore) in the last financial year.

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